physics department

PHYS 200


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phys 200

Safety course






Safety Awareness: Safety is critical in laboratories. Therefore, safety education in laboratories must be a part of the physics curriculum. Discussion of the hazards involved in specific experiments should prepare all students for their course work. As the students work in the labs, they should develop a high degree of safety awareness and understand safety procedures and processes, and should also learn to handle laboratory equipment properly.

This is an intensive course designed to teach the fundamentals of safety in the laboratories of the Physics Department to the students taking lab courses. The course emphasizes the need for a safe working environment.

Course Description:

Students should know what to do when emergencies occur, including escape routes, emergency phone numbers, and location and use of emergency equipment (e.g., alarms, eyewashes, showers, fire extinguishers, spill kits). The course will cover broadly the major topics given below.  The major safety topics that the students in the physics labs should understand are:

1. Student responsibilities.

2. General safety precautions in the laboratories.

3. Working with electricity.

4. What is dangerous about electricity?  

5. High voltage safety & electronics equipment considerations.

6. Compressed gas cylinders.

7. General precautions when using lasers.

8. Radiation safety: x-radiation and nuclear radiation.

9. What to do if an injury incident occurs.

10. First aid.

Recommended book:

1. CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety. Fifth Edition. Editor. A. Keith Furr.

2. Handbook of Laboratory Health and Safety. Second Edition.

Editors:  R. Scott Stricoff  and Douglas B Walter. Weiley Inter Science

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